Sciatica is a condition caused by irritation to the Sciatic Nerve. Sciatica is a symptom rather than a diagnosis - so treatment will vary depending on the underlying cause of the symptom. The main causes of Sciatica are: a Bulging Disc, Spinal Stenosis and Piriformis Syndrome.
Pain in the buttocks, with or without burning/tingling down the leg.
Weakness, numbness or difficult moving the leg or foot.
A sharp pain in the low back that may make it difficult to stand or walk.
Pain often starts slowly and may worsen after prolonged sitting, standing, at night and when sneezing, laughing or coughing.
What to Expect if you're experiencing Sciatica...
Most Sciatic Symptoms result from inflammation and will resolve in two weeks to a few months.
Because nerve pain can be difficult to treat, severe cases may cause the pain to be quite severe and persist for a longer period of time.
A full recovery is possible if the underlying cause of the Sciatica is correctly identified and treated.
Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications. These can also help to reduce the pain and inflammation.
In chronic or more severe cases, a physician may recommend injections to help to reduce inflammation around the nerve.
Physical Therapy. A physical therapist can develop a program of exercises and stretches specific for your symptoms. These can provide immediate relief of pain.
This blog was written by Physical Therapists at Onondaga Physical Therapy. They have 4 locations in the Syracuse area and have licensed professionals ready to help. Check them out online at www.onondagapt.com or give them a call at 315-635-5000.